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Buckeyes prioritizing in-state kids, offer extended to Georgia commit

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Gabe Powers becomes the third straight No. 1-ranked player in Ohio to commit early to the Buckeyes. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Buckeyes prioritizing in-state kids, offer extended to Georgia commit

Stay in touch or be left out because Ohio State recruiting is a 24-hour, seven-day-per-week obsession. What’s the latest news as the Buckeyes build for the future? Get that and more Sunday through Thursday on Lettermen Row. Today’s notebook is on in-state success, a new 2023 offer and more.

Ohio State locking up in-state talents early

Remember all the handwringing during the 2018 and 2019 recruiting cycles as Ohio State went back and forth with the state’s top prospects — Jackson Carman and Zach Harrison, respectively — to the very end of those nail-biter recruitments?

That has not been the case for the best Ohio has to offer since. Paris Johnson was committed to Ohio State for almost two years before signing and enrolling this past January. Jack Sawyer is on the same path.

Now, after Saturday’s commitment from Gabe Powers, Ryan Day is three-for-three landing the No. 1-ranked player in Ohio (or perfect in four tries if given credit for Harrison). In each instance, it’s happened without drama.

That makes recruiting the rest of the recruiting class for Ohio State much easier. The time, energy and resources that get spent around the country have much more impact when young players and their families are greeted by the families of local, committed prospects. Day made sure when he took over for Urban Meyer that he prioritized Ohio, and that has not been mere lip-service to this point.

The Class of 2023 is loaded in Ohio. With four early commitments from the Buckeye State in 2022 — and some important sophomore seasons hopefully on deck — it’s almost time for that class to start getting some Ohio State attention as well. It seems clear that the Buckeyes aren’t going to allow those young stars to feel overlooked.

Buckeyes offer young Georgia commitment

Speaking of 2023 prospects, we mentioned a few of them who were offered by the Buckeyes last week. On Saturday, Ohio State extended another scholarship opportunity in that class.

Treyaun Webb, a talented running back and defensive back prospect from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian High School, is actually committed already to Georgia. But the Buckeyes are one of the programs he’s going to continue taking a good look at moving forward.

“[The offer] means a lot,” Webb told Lettermen Row. “I’m extremely grateful for this offer coming so early. It shows me that Ohio State wants me, but it also means that I have to work 20 times harder.

“Anything can happen in these next few years. My recruitment is far from shutdown.”

The photos that the 6-foot, 190-pound Webb picked for the tweet above are relevant. Ohio State has done very well recruiting at his high school, and though he’s not entirely sure if he’ll play offense or defense at the next level, the Buckeyes he knows on either side have impacted him already.

“I’ve very close to [Shaun Wade and Marcus Crowley],” Webb said. “I backed up Marcus when I was in the eighth grade. He pretty much taught me everything I know, and I grew up watching Shaun Wade play. I look at him as a role model.”

There’s a lot of time ahead to recruit Treyaun Webb, and the Buckeyes are now in the mix.

Ohio State defensive line success intrigues Florida standout

It was almost a year ago that Lettermen Row first wrote about 2022 star Shemar Stewart, the country’s No. 2-ranked 2022 prospect. The Monsignor Pace (Miami Gardens, Fla.) Academy defensive end has been staying in touch with the Buckeyes since.

“They’re telling me that I can be their next first round draft pick,” Stewart said. “I know they can do that, because they have a great coaching staff. I call them every week.”

Ryan Day and the Buckeyes offered in April, but Stewart has been watching their success closely well before that.

“I love the tradition, and from the games that I have watched, the fan base is incredible,” Stewart said last year. “Plus, the reputation of the Buckeyes is that whenever they are down here, it’s always going to be a competition — and I love competing.”

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Birm

Birm is Lettermen Row's Director of Recruiting and the site's primary Ohio State sports photographer. A Toledo, Ohio native, Jeremy has been in similar roles for elevenwarriors.com and Landof10.com and has been covering the Buckeyes for seven years.